Officers Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek resumed work on January 20 after they have been placed on administrative depart on August 23, 2020, the discharge mentioned.
“Officers Arenas and Meronek were not charged with a crime and after review by the Kenosha County District Attorney and an independent investigator, former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, the actions taken by the officers were reasonable and justified,” learn the discharge.
Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot Blake seven occasions, continues to be on administrative depart “pending the findings of a Kenosha Police use of deadly force review board,” the discharge learn.
The resolution to not cost Sheskey adopted by the choice to permit the 2 different officers return to work has occurred amid anger over the repeated deaths of Black folks by the hands of police.
DA says Blake was armed with a knife
Sheskey, a White officer, shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven occasions whereas responding to a home incident on August 23, 2020. Blake survived the capturing however was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Sheskey informed investigators that he used lethal drive throughout the chaotic encounter as a result of he was afraid Blake, whereas making an attempt to flee the scene, was attempting to kidnap a toddler within the again seat of the automobile.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice had mentioned Blake had a knife in his possession and the weapon was discovered on the floorboard of his automobile. Blake himself informed authorities he possessed a knife, Graveley mentioned.
An legal professional for Blake’s household disputed that Blake posed a menace.
“There was no point in the video that is articulable for an officer to say that he was under harm at that particular point. I think that’s completely bogus and I think that is just a rationalization to try to show what is really, essentially, an intentional act,” legal professional B’Ivory LaMarr mentioned after Graveley introduced his resolution.
“It’s not against the law to have a knife, people have knives for a variety of different reasons. Jacob Blake is privy to having a knife.”
Source’s Ray Sanchez and Brad Parks contributed to this report.